By Ann Ngbea
Sequel to the visit of the Benue State Commissioner for Transport and Power, Barr. Omale Omale, officials of the Vehicle Inspection Officers (V.I.O) in the state have lamented shortage of staff and lack of maintenance of vehicles by government.
This was the made known when the commissioner visited the zonal, state and local governments headquarters of VIO in North Bank, Makurdi last Tuesday to identify with them and synergise for better ways to enhance their working conditions.
The Director of Transport Services, Engr. Msugh Orkor, commended the Commissioner for finding time for the interface, describing it as “first of its kind.”
Orkor commended Governor Hyacinth Alia for creating the Ministry of Transport and Power from the Ministry of works, saying the development will bring innovation to the transport sector of the state.
According to Orkor, lack of manpower in the management of the V.I.O was hampering their discharge of duties and stated the need to engage more adhoc staff.
He also disclosed that there is inadequate provision and lack in government maintenance of their vehicles and appealed to state government to provide them with additional vehicles to boost their operations.
In his remarks, the state Chief V.I.O, Egnr. Joseph Deayer, said there was need to engage more youths to support the operations of V.I.O in the state.
He stated some of the challenges being faced by the office which include lack of personnel, lack of vehicles in the running of their day to day activities, among others.